The Democratic Awakening

“In Ruling the Void, Peter Mair describes a process by which political parties have retreated from public life and civil society and into the state. Plummeting membership of political parties and turnout in national elections was, he notes, a shared feature of all developed democracies at the end of the 20th century. As a result, political parties ‘have become agencies that govern – in the widest sense of the term – rather than represent. They bring order rather than give voice.’ In turn, ideology withered, and parties became absorbed into an amorphous governing class. They began competing not on the basis of ideas or interests, but on their readiness to govern.”

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  • Clausewitz

    “As a result, political parties ‘have become agencies that govern”, oh so wrong, the left doesn’t want to govern, they want to rule.

    • Alain

      Yes, they want power and will do anything to gain it or to retain it, and to hell with the people they are supposed to represent and worse to hell with the welfare of the country.

      • Lightstream

        Absolutely true Alain.

  • irishrus

    B.S, nobody is a greater control freak ideologue than Wynne or Turdeau